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2014 Human Factors Engineering Tutorial

Andy Schaudt, M.S., M.B.A.

Director of Usability Services, MedStar Institute for Innovation


Incorporating Human Factors Engineering into Your Product Life Cycle

Human Factors Engineering is the science of understanding of interactions among humans and other elements of a system in order to optimize human well-being and overall system performance. This presentation will explain why HFE is a critical step for improving product performance, mitigating risk, and improving safety for medical devices. A tutorial for how to incorporate human factors into your design process will be provided.


Andy Schaudt is the Director of Usability Services for the National Center for Human Factors in Healthcare at the MedStar Institute for Innovation. His areas of expertise are in business strategy, usability, safety, human-computer interaction, and human-factors engineering, having led more than $6.4 million of contracted research. As the Director of Usability Services, he plans, coordinates, and manages the projects, programs, and daily operations for the Usability Division, which is chartered to conduct medical device and health IT usability evaluations, both for the industry and for MedStar Health. He helps industry partners navigate their way through product development by incorporating a user-centered design approach while at the same time reducing overall costs and improving product performance in the marketplace. Schaudt earned his M.B.A. in Business Administration from Virginia Tech, and holds a Bachelors degree in Psychology and a Masters degree in Human Factors from the University of Idaho. Mr. Schaudt has numerous professional presentations, and has written or co-authored more than 50 scientific publications and technical reports.